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UPDATE - HOT 97 Suspends DJ Cipha Sounds

Emmis Communications' HOT 97 announced today the indefinite suspension of DJ Cipha Sounds in response to negative comments he made regarding HIV and the Haitian community.  Deets inside...

 

In response to pressure from local activists, HOT 97 announced a three-part plan to address a recent comment made on-air by DJ Cipha Sounds.

First, the station announced that DJ Cipha Sounds has been suspended indefinitely.

Second, Cipha will undertake sensitivity training focused on the Haitian community and specifically, the challenges the Haitian community has faced in terms of the HIV epidemic.

Lastly, HOT 97 will work with local community leaders to utilize the influence of HOT 97 to increase awareness of HIV and community programs to address the HIV epidemic.

Alex Cameron, SVP/Market Manager of Emmis-New York said,

"Cipha made an immediate public apology and recognizes his insensitivity and the negative impact his comments have on all Haitians.  The Haitian community is an important part of our listenership whom we respect and value. The suspension is an indication of the importance we place on delivering a product that respects our Haitian audience. It's a very regrettable and unfortunate circumstance for all involved and particularly because we know this is not the nature of this young man who has been an advocate of the Haitian community and a big part of our fundraising efforts for Haiti. He is committed to working with the Haitian community to make a difference and turn this negative incident into an opportunity for increased learning and awareness."

SOURCE

People are going to get enough of talking wreckless in 2011.

 

 

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Who cares.. Go back to

Who cares.. Go back to Haiti....
Anonymous's picture

What makes him think Haitian

What makes him think Haitian females want to mess with his ugly azz? He looks like a damn toad and speaks ebonics....so uneducated. No one listens to his wack radio show that he has to make lame jokes and unwarranted remarks to get attention. This is the most any one has paid him any attention or the only time his name is mentioned. What a loser! I stopped listening to Hot 97 years ago when Wendy Williams left. She was the only thing worth listening to on that dumb radio station. If you ask me, they should terminate the whole station. No one would miss them anyway. 105.1 plays way better music and has better djs anyway. I rather listen to z100 than wack 97.
idomind's picture

Bout time they did something!

Bout time they did something! Anywho, Ladies make sure you check out www.KarensClosetNY.com for hot blazers, tops, leggings and DRESSES!
Karens Closet NY's picture

I am also haitian and I

I am also haitian and I wouldnt accept not one penny from him. Wouldn't want his support or his money. Its called watch your mouth.. there's a time for jokes and there is a time to be serious. this shouldnt be taken lightly. Haitians need to petition to take his behind out of the radio station. and btw his apology didnt seem sincere one bit.. how would he had felt if i had said a comment like that towards his people. Think about?... And to add he probably hasnt messed with a haitian women because he isnt all that attractive anyway...hopes he's checking his status and not making false statements about where he stands... Get a life Cipha
Anonymous's picture

I find it funny this guy

I find it funny this guy makes such a comment.He's from the Bronx where stats mentioned a high rate of H.I.V. The funny part of it is that majority people living in the Bronx are Puerto Ricans,so it's the pot calling the kettle black. You can't give stupid people an outlet to voice their stupidity. Baccardi rum was started by a Haitian family who employ many Puerto Ricans. Lol many puerto ricans think they are better because they don't need a green card but reality is if it was not for the U.S.,they would be poor.
Anonymous2's picture

correction - the majority of

correction - the majority of people living in the bronx are hispanic (not necessarily puerto rican), but that's semantics. he is and always has been an asshole. i'm neither surprised or sorry that he was suspended. that was an unnecessarily low blow considering all that haitians have been through recently.
WhoGonCheckMeBoo's picture

For those of you who chose to

For those of you who chose to believe in the Power of the 1st Ammendment, instead of the power of the almighty dollar, I say shame on you! I KNEW his ass was out of there (at least until this all blows over) once this story hit national news outlets. Like I said yesterday, when there are sponsors involved - WATCH YA MOUTH!
WhoAreYou's picture

someone needs to cast a

someone needs to cast a voodou spell on that guy adjipopo/adjipopo*adjipopo LMAO . I know a few HAITIANS PRIEST
Anonymous's picture

I am Haitian and I don't

I am Haitian and I don't think this was funny nor do I take this lightly. HOT 97 has a large Haitian fan base and they need to stop listening and supporting that station. This is 2010(11) and people of color are still making rude comments like this. He needs to be fired and the station needs to make a huge donation to some form of Haitian organization.
Libnir 's picture

...man people just tripping

...man people just tripping but dude look like he need some time off anyway...smh..lol...look sick *Reported*Only 30% of Haitians Outside Hot 97 Were Protesters; Others Simply Wannabe Rappers, Followed a Crowd [cont..] http://t.co/7N0UKHy *Reported*Only 30% of Haitians Outside Hot 97 Were Protesters; Others Simply Wannabe Rappers, Followed a Crowd [cont..] http://t.co/7N0UKHy *Reported*Only 30% of Haitians Outside Hot 97 Were Protesters; Others Simply Wannabe Rappers, Followed a Crowd [cont..] http://t.co/7N0UKHy *Reported*Only 30% of Haitians Outside Hot 97 Were Protesters; Others Simply Wannabe Rappers, Followed a Crowd [cont..] http://t.co/7N0UKHy
Diary of a Young Black Asshole's picture

I AM ONE TO SAY, LET MAINTAIN

I AM ONE TO SAY, LET MAINTAIN COME AND DEAL WITH SUCH THINGS ON A LEVEL HEAD AND COME MATTER, BUT I KEEP HEARING HOW CYPHA REP FOR THE HAITIAN FOLKS, SO MY REACTION IS IF I GIVE A COMPLIMENT TO SOMEONE, OR MONEY, DOES THIS MEAN THAT I SHOVE THIS PERSON FACE IN MUD WHILE I WATCH OTHER AND MYSELF LAUGH, AND MY THOUGHT PROCCESS IS NO, SOMETIMES HELPING OTHERS IS A WAY TO RAISE YOUR OWN PROFILE AND TACTICAL MOVE TO INVITE MORE SUCCESS TO YOUR FEILD WORK. I SAY THANK YOU, AND I KNOW HE WAS GOING TO USE THAT AS A POINT OF REFERENCE FOR SHITING ON ALL OF HAITI, BECAUSE HAITIAN WOMEN ARE THE JEWLS OF THE CARIBEAN, OUR ANSWERS WOULD HAVE BEEN KEEP YOUR FUCKEN HELP AND YOUR PETTY CASH, SO NOW I SAY CUT DUDE LOOSE, AND LET HIM CHOKE ON HIS VILE RACIST WAYS, IT WILL ULTAMITELY BE HIS OWN UNDOING..PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL
lhexx's picture

thanks

thanks
Libnir 's picture

Well, when a person needs to

Well, when a person needs to make comments like that perhaps it is a telling sign of much more... lack of sensitivity to others or to oneself... self respect , ignorance, low self-esteem...inability to reason to higher self...,
Anonymous's picture

I totally agree!

I totally agree!
                     Jay -D                              's picture

most companies have rules

most companies have rules against such actions....if he broke the company rule he should receive the approiate punishment wheter he is written up, suspended,or fired...its up to his HR department to decide what will happen to him
Anonymous's picture

most companies have rules

most companies have rules against such actions....if he broke the company rule he should receive the approiate punishment wheter he is written up, suspended,or fired...its up to his HR department to decide what will happen to him
Anonymous's picture

Ignorance comes in all

Ignorance comes in all colors: and Cipha Sounds is proof of this. I'm actually surprised that he got suspended/fired for this, when you consider ALL of the racist, biased, insensitive comments that are made--daily--by Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg. And Charlamane's not any better.
Godiva-Diva's picture

My position is, nope don't

My position is, nope don't fire him. In fact keep in on the air so he can say all the nonsense he wants and catch the appropriate amount of hell for it. I don't think they should have fired Imus either. The problem with firing people who make ignorant comments is that we never get to the root of the problem because we close the door to discourse and ultimately lose an opportunity to educate both the commenter and their respective fans or audiences. If we keep chasing the ignorant underground they will find refuge amongst other ignorant people who never challenge their positions.
W. Reid's picture

Very Well said! I couldnt

Very Well said! I couldnt agree with you more.
Kandi's picture

KNOWLEDGE: TALES The three

KNOWLEDGE: TALES The three sieves of Socrates One day, the old wise Socrates walks down the streets, when all of the sudden a man runs up to him "Socrates I have to tell you something about your friend who..." "Hold up" Socrates interrupts him "About the story you're about to tell me, did you put it trough the three sieves?" "Three sieves?" The man asks "What three sieves?" "Let's try it" Socrates says. "The first sieve is the one of truth, did you examine what you were about to tell me if it is true?" Socrates asks. "Well no, I just overheard it" The man says. "Ah, well then you have used the second sieve, the sieve of good?" Socrates asks "Is it something good what you're about to tell me?" "Ehm no, on the contrary" the man answers. "Hmmm" The wise man says "Let's use the third sieve then, is it necessary to tell me what you're so exited about?" "No not necessary" the man says. "Well" Socrates says with a smile "If the story you're about to tell me isn't true, good or necessary, just forget it and don't bother me with it." lets put cipha's bold statement thru the 3 sieves and see if its justifiable... and maybe the tongue is a double edged sword?.
The truth's picture

Whether or not it's

Whether or not it's justifiable is not the point. Most level headed people will agree that it was ignorant and made in poor taste. What do we do now?
W. Reid's picture

Whether or not it's

Whether or not it's justifiable is not the point. Most level headed people will agree that it was ignorant and made in poor taste. What do we do now?
W. Reid's picture

KNOWLEDGE: TALES The three

KNOWLEDGE: TALES The three sieves of Socrates One day, the old wise Socrates walks down the streets, when all of the sudden a man runs up to him "Socrates I have to tell you something about your friend who..." "Hold up" Socrates interrupts him "About the story you're about to tell me, did you put it trough the three sieves?" "Three sieves?" The man asks "What three sieves?" "Let's try it" Socrates says. "The first sieve is the one of truth, did you examine what you were about to tell me if it is true?" Socrates asks. "Well no, I just overheard it" The man says. "Ah, well then you have used the second sieve, the sieve of good?" Socrates asks "Is it something good what you're about to tell me?" "Ehm no, on the contrary" the man answers. "Hmmm" The wise man says "Let's use the third sieve then, is it necessary to tell me what you're so exited about?" "No not necessary" the man says. "Well" Socrates says with a smile "If the story you're about to tell me isn't true, good or necessary, just forget it and don't bother me with it." lets put cipha's bold statement thru the 3 sieves and see if its justifiable... and maybe the tongue is a double edged sword?.
The truth's picture

Joke (n.) - 1. Something

Joke (n.) - 1. Something said or done to provoke laughter; 2. Something no to be take seriously: a trifling matter. Stereotype (n.) - as it pertains to functioning in this society - A standerized conception held in common by members of a group. He stereotyped a specific group of people and made a joke. The end.
Anonny's picture

Disgusting (adj) - causing

Disgusting (adj) - causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste. offensive (adj) - repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting Cipha's jokes about that stereotype disgusted me and was offensive and he should be punished. I'm not Hatian but wrong is wrong and I hope they're not paying him while he's suspended!
                     Jay -D                              's picture

I know who my father is , so

I know who my father is , so i cant be african american. Sterotype or joke. Ur example to explain fell short, it was actually rubbish, bullocks.
Anonymous's picture

My position is, nope don't

My position is, nope don't fire him. In fact keep in on the air so he can say all the nonsense he wants and catch the appropriate amount of hell for it. I don't think they should have fired Imus either. The problem with firing people who make ignorant comments is that we never get to the root of the problem because we close the door to discourse and ultimately lose an opportunity to educate both the commenter and their respective fans or audiences. If we keep chasing the ignorant underground they will find refuge amongst other ignorant people who never challenge their positions.
W. Reid's picture

very well stated point

very well stated point however....i think ignorance is dangerous and contagious and like a virus it will spread if it isn't contained and nipped in the bud. many of his listeners are too ignorant and naive and easily swayed. if he was allowed to continue to work there he would have continued to spread his ignorance.....
Anonymous's picture

wow..i now agree with u.

wow..i now agree with u. girl, u used good grammar and punctuation! lol i dont think they should have fired Imus either.
myMAMAsaid's picture

I have to say the educated

I have to say the educated and responsible comments on this site have me in awe I am really impressed with the level of intelligence on this subject the viewers of this site have. I was thinking why would he say that? Him being a minority and this being 2011 was it really worth it for an immature laugh. I like the point that someone made when they said he was on a public radio show, if you want to make racist comments go work for your own racist station or make one up but I dont condone behavior like this. I mean really its 2011 like Jay said we off that. Grow up Cipha you should know better. You live in NY with all kinds of ethnicities in the area wtf is wrong with you?
Fox's picture

I have to say the educated

I have to say the educated and responsible comments on this site have me in awe I am really impressed with the level of intelligence on this subject the viewers of this site have. I was thinking why would he say that? Him being a minority and this being 2011 was it really worth it for an immature laugh. I like the point that someone made when they said he was on a public radio show, if you want to make racist comments go work for your own racist station or make one up but I dont condone behavior like this. I mean really its 2011 like Jay said we off that. Grow up Cipha you should know better.
Fox's picture

well, look, i dont know the

well, look, i dont know the stats on the Haitian AIDS situation but i do know regardless..if u wanna make comments like that...make em NOT in a public forum fool! heshould be fired for being bold enough to say something like that but whatev...
myMAMAsaid's picture

NO. he's HIV neative because

NO. he's HIV neative because he's a virgin no one wants. his doofy looking ignorant ass needs to be fired.
ebbi's picture

good..he should have been

good..he should have been dismissed from the job..real disrespectful
remONA 's picture

OK, SO IS HAITI THE ONLY

OK, SO IS HAITI THE ONLY COUNTRY WITH A HIGH RATE OF HIV/AIDS..?? HMMM. UMMM HAVENT WE GONE DOWN DIS LANE BEFORE? ''Many demonstrations have been called historic. Some have stood the time test, others have faded. The April 20, 1990, march from Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge to Wall Street still resonates. April 20, 1990, was a Friday, a work day, but still 100,000 or so Haitians assembled and marched, to the surprise and consternation of the cops and to the shock of the financiers on Wall Street. This was nearly one-third of all the Haitians living in the New York Metropolitan area. The financial moguls had their neighborhood clogged with tens of thousands of orderly but insistent Black people who were protesting a decision by the Centers for Disease Control that Haitians (and West Africans) carried AIDS. That's why the CDC had issued a ruling forbidding Haitians to donate their blood to blood banks. Haitian children in U.S. schools were subjected to unmerciful teasing about being "dangerous and infected"; Haitian doctors, nurses and medical workers were afraid for their jobs. But most importantly, the national pride of Haitians was deeply impugned -- their blood, their life essence, was so unclean, according to the CDC, that they had to be officially shunned. They were the fourth "H" after homosexuals, hemophiliacs and hypodermic drug users. And they were the only nationality singled out by the CDC. Even after this massive march in the streets, it still took a month or so of dawdling, advisory committee meetings, reports, studies and whatnots before the government felt that enough time had passed that it wouldn't appear to be bowing to pressure from the community. It did finally revise the ban. '' Masses WAKE UP. HAVE U NOT HEARD OF PROPAGANDA???? WHY IS IT THAT U'Z BELIEVE ERTHANG U'Z HERE ON T.V. THE BEAUTIFUL U.S.A N HAITI HAD LOT OF POLITICAL BUSINESS GOIN ON THAT TURNED SOUR!! I MEAN, HAY, WHAT A WAY TO BRING DOWN A COMMUNITY. THIS STIGMA WILL FOREVER LIVE ON THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY. SMH, I HONESTLY AM DISGUSTED. BUT GOD BLESS CIPHA. HOPE HE WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
HaitianPrincess!!!!!'s picture

He got want he deserved. The

He got want he deserved. The fact that any dark skin person can say something so vile about another dark skin community AND publicy is ridiculous. If he wants freedom of speech then he should start his own radio station other than that, when you work for others that freedom of speech is realistically out the window.
Just Sayin's picture

IT ISN'T FREEDOM OF SPEECH

IT ISN'T FREEDOM OF SPEECH IT'S IGNORANT. I BET ON HIS NEXT JOB HE'LL BE MORE CAREFUL L OF HIS "FREEDOM OF SPEECH'. I'M TIRED OF PEOPLE MAKING IGNORANT RACIAL SENSITIVE COMMENTS AND OTHERS LABELING IT "FREEDOM OF SPEECH. HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN OPEN YOU MOUTH AND DEMORALIZE AN ENTIRE RACE AND CALL THAT SHIT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, GET THAT SHIT OUT OF HERE. PS HIV IS A HUMANITY THING NOT A HAITIAN THING.
Anonymous's picture

ahahahah Welcome to the

ahahahah Welcome to the recession DJ Cipha! IDIOT!
Lacey's picture

although his comment was

although his comment was disrespectful and uncalled for, what happened to freedom of speech? people make generalized statements all the time, he didn't deserve to lose his job though. the words he said could not hurt more than someone losing a job, their income, or a means of living. while it is a well known fact that haitians do have a higher level of hiv due to their unfortunate living conditons, this man now being unemployed does not make the situation better. but i do wish all haitians the best, it was an offensive & insensitive comment, this guy obviously has no clue what u guys have been through.
JustSayNo's picture

He was only suspended. He

He was only suspended. He didn't lose his job. As far as freedom of speech. That's a right we have, but you just can't go around saying everything and anything you want without repercussions. If you owned a company and one of your employees said something to insult your customer or client, i.e. your "bottom line," wouldn't you take appropriate measures against that employee to make sure he/she never does it again? Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say anything you want and not have to deal with the consequences. Sometimes those consequences mean a fist right to the mouth.
Ann Droid's picture

It's not wreckless its

It's not wreckless its RECKless. Good for the station
Anonymous One's picture

i just think people need to

i just think people need to really see the big picture. its about to 2011 and were still making racial jokes?? yea ok its a joke but it just shows how fckn immature YOU are as a person and as a being. PERIOD. Cause the ones who are aware, who are not sleeping, shxt like that wont come out of their mouth because at the end of the day we are all ONE. Its not embarrassing to Haitian people it was embarrassing to him who let such an ignorant thing come out of his mouth. And his consequence? Well thats karma for you. Eat it up shxt it out and most importantly Learn from it. I bet u a million ppl on the radio will really start to think twice about what they say about people. I dont care how funny it is cause at the end of the day someones feeling is getting hurt.
Anonymous's picture

http://rapradar.com/2010/12/2

http://rapradar.com/2010/12/22/cipha-sounds-suspended-from-hot-97/#comme... to what 105.1 said about it! press the play button on the buttom!
Anonymous's picture

all hype.. smh.. power 105

all hype.. smh.. power 105 does reckless sht all the time. didn't this same guy threaten a mans wife and child on the radio. smh.. ALL RADIO DJS do this ish.
Anonymous's picture

Thats what you get for

Thats what you get for talking nonsense about haitians on a radio station, knowing that the majority of your listeners are west indians!!! mmmhmmm he deserved it!
Anonymous's picture

ok I'm reading on here that

ok I'm reading on here that it was a joke and he's entitled to his own opinion, while this maybe true your job as a dj is to entertain your audience where in New York a sizable portion of them are Haitians....Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but if you know your opnion will definitely disrespect the feelings of your listeners you need to stfu. This is a matter of common sense. (My skin is fairly tough so I can take alot shit/jokes but some things are completely uncalled for. If this were a private conversation with amongst him and a friend, then fine do what works for you but that comment was a direct punch to gut for the Haitian community. Thats just like when ppl say all black women are on welfare which we all know is bull and it ain't right. So please stop trying to make ppl condone the ass comments about haitian girls, he was flat wrong for saying it. Joke or no joke watch wtf you say. Now do I care if they fire him, either way....everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves and maybe he's truly sorry but he needs to use better judgement when speaking a public airwaves....
Anonymously Speaking's picture

If everyone ever listen to

If everyone ever listen to Cypha Sounds and Rosenberg's show they would know they make fun of everyone, black, whites, jews,etc. I think the Haitian people are just being sensitive, they make fun of everyone, stop your damn complaining. This is coming from a Jamaican dude too, i'm sure Haitian people have heard much worst of insults.
flawda's picture

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT DONT SEND MONEY TO THEIR POOR COUNTRY! THEY DONT CARE! THEY TRIED TO KILL WYCLEF SMH! GET OVER IT HATIANS!
Lizzie L's picture

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT DONT SEND MONEY TO THEIR POOR COUNTRY! THEY DONT CARE! THEY TRIED TO KILL WYCLEF SMH! GET OVER IT HATIANS!@
Lizzie L's picture

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE

THANK YOU G!THESE HATIANS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT DONT SEND MONEY TO THEIR POOR COUNTRY! THEY DONT CARE! THEY TRIED TO KILL WYCLEF SMH! GET OVER IT HATIANS!@
Lizzie L's picture

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